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Suspect steals patrol car, leads chase

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:03 am

A suspect in a stolen Tracy City patrol car led officers from multiple offices on a multi-county chase Monday night.
Around 10:20 p.m., a call from an unknown male came into the 911 center. The male stated he was in trouble and needed help in the Orchard Drive/Plainview area. A second 911 call came in soon after from a homeowner on Orchard Drive. She said she had just laid down to sleep, heard a noise, and walked into her living room and found the suspect standing there. She confronted him and he ran through the house ending in her bedroom area, all while telling her everything was okay and he was on the phone with the police. He also told the woman someone had been shot.
At this time, Tracy City Police Officer Paul Sweeton arrived on the scene and entered the home, with expectations of a home invasion and/or shooting victim. He cleared the front of the house and when he was near the back bathroom, he heard a noise. He went into the bathroom and saw an open window through which the suspect had escaped. Sweeton ran back to the front of the house and after exiting, realized the suspect had stolen his patrol car.
Additional help was called in, and a report of the patrol car being in Monteagle was received.
Tracy City Police issued a BOLO for the surrounding counties and states.
Soon after the car was seen in Monteagle, the suspect driving the stolen car crashed three Marion County Sheriff’s cars in Marion County during the pursuit. The chase continued with help from Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Kimball Police, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The suspect eventually turned into a driveway in Whiteside in Marion County, and was taken into custody by Marion County Officers.
The suspect has been identified as Mark Poppen, of Bluebird Lane, in Monteagle. He remains in Marion County Jail. TCPD has charged Poppen with aggravated burglary, possession of a prohibited weapon, and theft over $20,000. He also faces multiple charges in Marion County. Poppen admitted to Marion County deputies that he had been shooting methamphetamine all day and was taken to the hospital for a blood draw before being booked into the jail.